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Holiday Picture Books for Preschoolers

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2

Pique your students'anticipation with stories that explore the excitement of the season and share simple pleasures.

The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza by David Shannon
See what happens when festive decorating goes wild -- until a family remembers what the holidays are really about.
Available in the Teacher Store.

Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
Connect your classroom community with this interfaith story about a mysterious wall hanging.

Clifford's First Christmas by Norman Bridwell
Delight in the joys of a puppy's first holiday.

Elijah's Angel by Michael J. Rosen
See how friendship and spirituality blend in this inter-denominational book about a boy who receives a beautiful gift.

Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano
Celebrate the favorite song with this colorful look at a traditional holiday parranda.

Froggy's Best Christmas by Jonathan London
Put your Froggy fans in the holiday spirit with this animal quest to pick the perfect tree.

Hanukkah: A Counting Book by Emily Sper
Learn numbers from one to ten in three languages with a visually stunning concept book.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel
A clever man outwits a band of Holiday-hating goblins in this favorite that earned illustrator Trina Schart Hyman a Caldecott Honor.

I Spy Christmas: A Book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo
Search for objects hiding amidst holiday camouflage.
Available in the Teacher Store.

Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story by Fran Manushkin
An unlucky family is rewarded when they help animals who need even more help than they do.

Light the Lights: A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas by Margaret Moorman
Explore common grounds in a family's interfaith celebration of two festivals of light.
Available in the Teacher Store.

The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell
Rediscover the classic story of an angel who bears a brilliant gift for the Christ child. Newer editions feature gorgeous, multicultural illustrations.

Kwanzaa Celebration by Nancy Williams
Journey through Kwanzaa's seven days in this exuberant, pop-up picture book.

Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
Join in on the crazy, questioning fun as Mom reassures her child that nothing will go wrong with Christmas.

Moishe's Miracle by Laura Krauss Melmed
Taste the mysteries of this charming folktale about a magic frying pan that serves up people's just desserts.

My First Kwanzaa by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate
Introduce your students to the traditions and celebrations of the holiday.
Available in the Teacher Store.

A New Improved Santa by Sandra Magsamen
Santa gives himself a makeover in this humorous picture book.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
The classic Claus tale comes to life in Robert Sabuda's pop-up fantasy.

P. Bear's New Year's Party: A Counting Book by Paul Owen Lewis
Count down to midnight with a dapper polar bear and the guests at his arctic ball.

Pippin the Christmas Pig by Jean Little
Join a special pig on a journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Available in the Teacher Store.

Santa's Suit by Edward Eaves
What would happen if Santa wanted to change his clothes? Explore this touch-and-feel book to find out!

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Gather round for a Latino Christmas dinner in a book that celebrates family.
Available in the Teacher Store.

The 12 Bugs of Christmas by David A. Carter
Scamper and prance with twelve pop-up insects who get in the holiday spirit (and fruitcake, popcorn, etc.)

Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett
Outwit a group of greedy trolls in this gorgeous retelling of a Norwegian folktale.

  • Subjects:
    Literature, Literature Appreciation, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Themes, Teacher Tips and Strategies
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